Slain Sayreville, NJ Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour

More than 100 people attended the funeral of murdered Sayreville city councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour at the Bethany Baptist Church in Newark on Saturday afternoon.

Dwumfour was an active member of the church and would have turned 31 on Saturday. Family and friends, including her 12-year-old daughter, gave moving and emotional tributes to her. Her husband, Eze Kings, whom she married in November, just months before her death, received a special visa to attend the funeral. He is a pastor and lives in Nigeria. “I’m still in a state of shock. Eunice and I lived as husband and wife for only a short time,” he said. “She was my friend, my wife, my sister, and my companion.”

It’s been more than a month since the outspoken and Republican councilwoman was shot to death as she sat in her car in front of her home in the upscale central New Jersey community. A stunning report released late last month revealed Dwumfour had issues with the local Sayreville police department. Additionally, the Sayreville Police Benevolent Association (PBA) filed a complaint against her with the Mayor’s office in January following the councilwoman’s disparaging public comments against law enforcement.

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According to the report, the president of the Sayreville Police Benevolent Association (PBA), David Sivilli, asked Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick to remove Dwumfour from the city council unit, which is a link between the council and the local police department. Dwumfour had made negative public comments about the police department, citing her previous interactions with law enforcement. “I don’t like the police,” she is quoted as saying during a public meeting.

PBA president, David Sivilli, wrote, in part, “The PBA has great concern over comments Mrs. Dwumfour made at the last meeting over her and her family’s previous experience with police in general.” According to recent reports, the letter has since been turned over to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Dwumfour was gunned down in a hail of bullets as she sat in her car in front of her home on February 2. Her killer or killers remain at large, and her murder continues to garner national attention, including an independent investigation by the FBI. Speculation is rife that her murder was a targeted attack, as eyewitnesses and surveillance video show a man in black running away from the scene shortly after the attack.

Authorities ask anyone with information to contact the Sayreville Police Department at 732-727-4444 or the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3477.

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